THE iconic Lonely Tree landmark has been voted the third in the National Trust Special Place competition.
The tree was felled in the storms that battered the country at the beginning of the year, but since then the community has rallied round to give the landmark a lasting legacy.
And Llanfyllin has now been honoured by being voted the third most special place in Wales to the surprise of county councillor Peter Lewis.
He said: “It is an absolutely fantastic achievement for the size and population of Llanfyllin compared to other places in the competition.
“We have come up against places such as Cardiff and Tenby, which in terms of population are huge compared to Llanfyllin, and we have come third.
“It has been a big surprise, but at the same time it is an amazing honour.”
Penarth Pier, in Cardiff, was voted as Wales’ most special place with Cyfarthfa Castle coming second after an eight week quest by National Trust Wales to find Wales’ most treasured landmark.
The winner was revealed last Wednesday at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM, along with a selection of the official special places judging panel.
A number of travel and heritage experts, including TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams, reduced the 25 public voted places to a shortlist of 10, which was then put back to a public vote at the Royal Welsh Show.
Cllr Lewis said that the media attention surrounding the felling of the tree has increased the profile of the area.
He said: “I think people know more about the tree and care more about it since it has fallen.
“And the media attention that it has had, and now the third place in this competition, is fantastic for keeping the town of Llanfyllin on the map.”
The recongition in the National Trust competition adds to a great year for the town as it was also nominated for the European Tree of the Year award.
Further to this a Lonely Tree book was released and a large sum of money was raised to peserve the tree, with the council and the community hoping the tree will grow into a ‘phoenix tree.’